The Cape Parrot only occurs in South Africa and is closely associated with yellowwood forests. 2015) showed clear genetic differentiation between P.r. Numerous breeders across the country are breeding with this species. suahelicus–P.r.

fuscicollis cluster, supporting previous recommendations that the Cape Parrot should be viewed as a separate species, namely P. robustus, and that the Grey-headed Parrot and Brown-necked Parrot should be grouped under the P. fuscicollis species complex as P.f. & Perrin, M.R. This bird species’ whole lifestyle is centred on yellowwood trees (Podocarpus spp.). Read about SANBI’s two Plants of the Week, Find out more about South Africa’s extraordinarily rich and diverse plant life as SANBI’s horticulturists and botanists highlight two new […], Common names: Karoo brown locust or brown locust (English); tsie e sootho (southern Sotho) Locusts are grasshoppers that are able […]. This will ensure we can continue our efforts as being the only legitimate parrot rescue facility in South Africa, and along with caring for the over 200 birds in our flock, we aim to educate people to avoid having more of these beautiful birds land up in rehabilitation facilities. Breeding biology of Cape Parrot.

Wirminghaus, J.O., Downs, C.T., Symes, C.T. It is suggested that the Cape Parrot can fly up to 90 km in a day while foraging. The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) contributes to South Africa’s sustainable development by facilitating access to biodiversity data, generating information and knowledge, building capacity, providing policy advice, showcasing and conserving biodiversity in its national botanical and zoological gardens. when these are available, but will also feed on the kernels of other forest fruit including wild plum (Harpephyllum caffrum), white stinkwood (Celtis africana), ironwood (Oleo capensis), white pear (Apodytes dimidiata), and the exotic and invasive syringa (Melia azedarach) and black wattle (Acacia mollissima) at other times of the year. ); Knysna papagaai, woudpapagaai (Afr. The Cape parrot also called the Grey headed parrot is the largest type of Poicephalus. Diet of the Cape parrot. fuscicollis respectively. suahelicus and P.f. Focus should be put on establishing a completely self-sustaining captive breeding programme to supply the pet trade and thereby hopefully reduce harvesting of wild birds. The thighs and outer edges of the wings are orange-red and the tail and flight feathers are bottle-green to black. Wirminghaus, J.O., Downs, C.T., Symes, C.T. Little sign of the magic that was about to happen. & Perrin, M.R. Cape Parrots are predispersal seed predators, feeding predominantly on the kernels of yellowwood trees, while the kernels are still unripe and hard. 2004. Genus: Poicephalus Both parents attend to the nest and regurgitate food to the young, but the female seems to spend more time in the nest. A shell of a house. How to recognise a Cape Parrot. Snag dynamics and forest structure in Afromontane forests in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: implications for the conservation of cavity-nesting avifauna. Due to the continued decline in forest patches and subsequent food shortages, the birds have increasingly made use of commercial crops e.g. 2015) indicated clear genetic differentiation between P.r. Species: P. robustus (Gmelin, 1788), Autho: Jeanetta Selier Until recently the Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus robustus) was not recognised as a separate species from the Grey-headed Parrot (Poicephalus robustus fuscicollis). The body is green and the head is yellow. Poorer world without me & Perrin, M.R., 2002a.

It is the only parrot species endemic to the country and it would be a major loss for our biodiversity if this parrot species goes extinct. The chicks fledge at 55–79 days after which they remain in groups with their parents and continue to be fed by both parents. Cape Parrots are food nomads; moving between forest patches depending on food availability. Family: Psittacidae The genus name, Poicephalus, means ‘different head’. Class: Aves Juveniles resemble the female, but without red on the legs and wing edges. The diet of the Cape Parrot is the most specialised of all the Poicephalus species studied thus far. The current distribution of the Cape Parrot is restricted to a mosaic of Afromontane Southern Mistbelt forests from Hogsback in the Eastern Cape through to the Balgowan and Karkloof areas of KwaZulu-Natal. The species has a distinct vocal repertoire that includes the following five distinct calls described as ‘tzu-weee, zu-wee, zeu-wee, zz-keek and a nasal zeek’. The property that we are renting is up for sale. We understand that all parrot owners love their birds, and that finding a … It is a secondary cavity nester, preferring tall, dead yellowwoods called ‘snags’.

Fruit kernels of yellowwood trees are only available from June through to November. Taxonomic relationships of the subspecies of the Cape Parrot. The most logical and viable solution is to purchase the property. It often calls before taking off and will call nearly continuously while flying. & Perrin, M.R. Phylum: Chordata Postal: Private Bag X101, Silverton, 0184. We have been offered right of first offer to purchase the property. After an incubation period of 28–30 days, the female lays an average of four eggs. Wirminghaus, J.O., Downs, C.T., Symes, C.T. Email:, Interests Kingdom: Animalia Florida Parrot Rescue works throughout the entire state of Florida, and is a 501c3 non-profit, all volunteer run, avian rescue dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of companion parrots. Molecular systematicsof the Cape Parrot (, Downs, C.T., Pfeiffer, M., & Hart, L.A. 2014. & Perrin, M.R., 2002b. The Cape Parrot is a medium to large parrot approximately 251–349 mm in length, and weighs approximately 260–329 g. The feathers on the head, throat and neck are olive yellow to golden brown, while the body and the wings are dark green. It is a sought-after bird in the local and international pet trade. SANBI – Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring 2001a. Fax: +27 (0)12 804 3211, To report suspected fraud at SANBI These lovely birds are not a well known species in the United States. & Symes, C.T. Parrot Hope is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of parrots, the plight of which is often overlooked in animal rescue.

The loud and often continuous calling of the Cape Parrot makes it conspicuous. The Cape Parrot prefers Afromontane Southern Misbelt forests, which makes up a tiny portion (<0.5%) of South Africa’s land surface, but are not confined to it. The exotic pet trade has a major influence on parrots worldwide and it is no different for the Cape Parrot. Let’s not give up on them. suahelicus and P.f. After all the years of effort building the structures currently used to house our birds, we cannot simply move.